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LSBU’s Professor Alison Leary awarded MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours List 2019

14 June 2019
Alison Leary

Professor Leary was honoured by the Queen for services to spectator safety and medical care

Alison Leary, LSBU’s Professor of Healthcare and Workforce Modelling, who is also the clinical lead for Millwall Football Club’s matchday medical service, has been awarded (7 June) an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019 for services to spectator safety and medical care.

Professor Leary lines up alongside such distinguished names as singer, songwriter Elvis Costello and explorer Bear Grylls, who both received OBEs, and actress Olivia Colman, who scooped a CBE.

Responding to the good news about her award, Alison Leary said: "I'm delighted that our work to improve spectator safety and medical care in football grounds has been recognised. I'm very proud to have been awarded an MBE, but it’s really for all of us. I am so proud of our team."

In 2018 the BMJOpen published Alison Leary’s research paper, ‘Remodelling crowd medical services in the English Football League’, which looked at proposing a new, agile, healthcare workforce model to meet increased service demands in football grounds, while reducing the number of referrals to acute care.

Formal crowd medical services were introduced as a result of the Hillsborough stadium disaster in 1989. Professor Leary, who has advised and worked with Millwall Football Club on its approach to deploying emergency medical healthcare teams for over 20 years, used this study to explore whether a mixture of first-aiders, nurse practitioners and doctors working in a team based approach could improve care, without increasing the level of risk to the health and welfare of fans and players.

Alison’s research informed the way Millwall FC now operate their healthcare service on the pitch leading to a change in the club’s approach. As a result, Millwall FC introduced a healthcare model that could accommodate both immediate disaster management, but also a high volume of minor injuries, medical emergencies and primary care work.

Professor Leary’s findings also fed into the Sports Safety Ground Authority’s Green guide 2018, helping to set a new benchmark for care standards in UK football grounds, post Hillsborough.

See a full list of the Queen's 2019 Birthday Honours List.

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